Talking Data Podcast

February 2, 2016  4:46 PM

Businesses look to new tools for data analysis in 2016

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Analytics, Big Data, Cognitive computing, Internet of Things, iot

In the year ahead, businesses are looking for new ways to analyze data and new tools to help them, according to Goutham Belliappa, an analyst with consulting firm Capgemini.

In particular, Belliappa is looking at ways businesses plan to monetize their data, analyze data from Internet of things-connected devices and make better use of cognitive computing. Take a listen to this podcast to learn more about why these trends are expected to be hot in 2016.

December 22, 2015  10:58 PM

Spark vies as word of year in 2015 for data analytics

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

The Oxford Dictionary crew may have their fun selecting a word of the year. Heck, this year they picked an emoticon. You could say the glyphs have it. For the Talking Data podcast crew, no review of 2015 would be complete without a look at Apache Spark, which was a word with legs for sure. Spark is the Hadoop ecosystem component that continues to ascend in trends Google, and other. Catch this podcast, for auld lang co-syne.

November 25, 2015  7:23 PM

Machine learning contest looks at the right whales

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Sometimes machine learning can seem to be a million miles away from our everyday realtity. But here is a story that hits home, even if you are not a marine researcher out on the frothy waves at this particular moment. It is a story about a contest sponsored by MathWorks to help find algorithms that can help identify right whales that are a member of a species that has seen some desperate days.

Right whales ; Source: NOAA

Contest works to help i.d. right whales. Source: NOAA

Today’s Talking Data podcast guest Kristen Khan of NOAA said she and her colleagues have watched the growth of machine learning projects that identify images. They have wondered: If such analytical algorithms could trim time from what is now a very labor intensive whale identification task, could that free up staff for more proactive efforts to save the whales? Listen here.

November 23, 2015  6:31 PM

Why has healthcare been slow to adopt analytics?

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Analytics, Big Data, Health IT

Healthcare as an industry has been somewhat slow to embrace big data and analytics technology, but there are some indications that this trend may be changing. For a number of reasons, the future of healthcare is likely be heavily reliant on analytics technology. In this podcast we explore some of the reasons why adoption of analytics has been slow in healthcare but also some of the reasons why most industry watchers expect a coming era of high adoption.

October 31, 2015  2:52 AM

Intel maps path to TAP – Trusted Analytics Platform

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Is there a disconnect – or, an impedance mismatch – in big data development today? The days, applications that run on big data platforms take quite a while to develop, Vin Sharma, director of strategy and product for the big data analytics efforts at Intel’s Data Center Group, says on this edition of the Talking Data Podcast. For big data to happen in a big way, the gap needs to close. Sharma and others are working to reduce the ‘while’ it takes to develop big data apps, and they propose The Trusted Analytics Platform as the means.

October 7, 2015  6:57 PM

How analytics powers the sharing economy

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns

There’s been a lot of noise coming from the popular media about how companies like Uber and Airbnb are revolutionizing commerce in the US. One thing that often gets overlooked is the degree to which data and analytics underpin what the companies are able to do. Take a listen to this edition of Talking Data to hear more about how analytics is a key factor in the growth of the sharing economy.

September 26, 2015  4:23 PM

Talking data this week: NoSQL Now, Madsen at TDWI Boston Chapter Meet

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Our latest podcast finds Jack Vaughan on the road, covering the NoSQL Now 2015 event in San Jose, Calif., and a Boston Chapter meeting of TDWI. At the latter confab he caught up with Mark Madsen, a noted figure among data industry followers. Madsen said the new architectures for analytics disrupt the basic database as we know it – splitting it into components. For background, these levels are: abstraction layer, data engine, Storage management and file system. Much of the rethinking in today’s Hadoop and Spark world revolves around this. Listen in!

August 27, 2015  4:27 PM

Gentlepeople, start your data preparation engines

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Data preparation is a technology somewhere between a sleepy backwater and an active no man’s land. As Hadoop and other odd new takes on data processing have come on line, as the data that the enterprise is dealing with has become more various and voluminous, data preparation methods have begun to change. Check out Ed Burns and Jack Vaughn for this edition of the Talking Data Podcast, which digs into Hadoop-on-SQL, data curation in the hands of Michael Stonebraker, and the effect of machine learning on the data preparation mileu.

July 29, 2015  8:20 PM

Summer of summits past

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

Today we go back into the vaults to enjoy a Talking Data podcast of yesteryear. In the summer of 2013, our editors visited Information Builders’ Summit, GraphConnect, and RedHat Summit, and lived to tell the tale. Under discussion were multitenant data bases, HTML 5, and – can you believe it? – Hadoop!

July 24, 2015  1:24 AM

Microsoft Azure gains more data power – looks to meet Amazon head on

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

A fellow who used Front Page to build 5 fair-sized Web sites back in the mid-1990s can attest to Microsoft’s ability to bring better technology to the wider public. Front Page is often joked about now, but it was basically a $5000 (or more) 4GL tool that Microsoft bought (from Vermeer), in the process reducing the price to $99. We mention this because, in the Spring, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked about Microsoft’s enduring mission to make technology available to the masses. It is an assertion that has some grounding, but it is hard to speculate whether Microsoft can find that kind of magic again. This podcast is a recap of Ignite 2015 and Build 2015 SQL Server and Azure announcements that look to move the traditional mission forward. Can Microsoft steal a march on Amazon Web Services? Today, developers’ ability to whip out a credit card and build an app quickly on the cloud may be the closet analogy to the effect Microsoft had when its software crept into the organization without first going through IT, then known as the Glass House. But in the cloud, Amazon has the lead. – Jack Vaughan

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